Whitney Houston performs in concert on July 1, 1984 at The Limelight in New York City, sporting a short crop and a chic black dress.
Whitney performs in Indiana wearing a funky fringed dress.
Houston takes over the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in an all-white ensemble with bold, fluffy shoulders.
Whitney attended a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., draped in fur.
Houston wore a radiant blue gown to the Grammy Awards.
Attending the "Americana" Concert, Whitney wore this dress with subtle polka dots.
Singer Whitney sparkled at the Grammy Awards with this bold-shouldered navy top and white skirt.
Whitney wore bright colors to the 15th annual American Music Awards.
At the 30th annual Grammy Awards, Whitney looked elegant in a slim-fitting embellished dress.
Here at the American Music Awards, her LBD was perfectly accessorized: with two awards!
Whitney attended the "Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration" television special, and we're sensing a serious trend in her life: sparkles.
Whitney looked elegant in this white wrap dress at the United Negro College Fund's 46th Annual Awards dinner.
Whitney glittered in this gold gown, wearing matching gold shoes and simple jewelry.
Whitney attended the Essence awards in a textured white top and matching skirt.
Houston attended the Carousel of Hope Ball in a shimmering gold wrap dress.
Whitney rocks leather pants to the Billboard Music Awards.
For the 1992 Carousel of Hope Ball Whitney chose a dress that embraced three trends: sheer fabrics, velvet, and embellished accents.
It was red lace from head-to-toe for Whitney at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards.
Whitney looked overjoyed to win Outstanding Female Arist at the NAACP Image Awards with a bold collar and cuffs.
Whitney wore a brightly colored shawl over her lavender dress to a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Whitney, Bobby Brown and their daughter Bobbi were a matching trio at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills.
Whitney looked ravishing in red at a pre-party for the Grammy Awards, here pictured with Clive Davis.
Whitney beams in a bubblegum pink dress at the Grammys, sporting a matching fur stole.
Houston poses for the cameras at the VH1 Divas Duets concert in a halter-style gown.
Whitney wore this victorian blouse with a silk skirt.
Performing at BET's silver anniversary celebration, Whitney wore this ruched black dress with a plunging neckline.
Whitney was the epitome of elegance at the 2007 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Awards Party.
Whitney performed at the AmFar Benefit Concert in New York City,wearing flattering vertical stripes and sheer sleeves.
Whitney attends the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party again, sparkling in a crystal-embellished dress.
This dress had a tie-dye feel, with a flattering sweetheart neckline.
Simple in color but statement-making in shape, this dress Whitney wore to the AMA's was stunning.
Whitney looked great in this little black dress.
Lovely ladies: Whitney and her daughter Bobbi at a pre-Grammy party.
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There's no question about it: Whitney Houston was a legend. The world was nothing short of devastated when news broke that she had passed away in February of 2011. Today, August 9th, would have been Whitney's 50th birthday.
One of the world's best-selling artists, the Guinness Book of World Records named Houston the most awarded female act of all time in 2009. Just about every female singer aspires to be like Whitney, she had an unparalleled voice.
Her first acting role came as the lead female in The Bodyguard, and the single that came from that movie ("I Will Always Love You") was the best-selling single by a female artist ever... of all time. And rightfully so, because we're pretty sure every one of us has had a ballad-belting moment in the shower with that song!
Whitney didn't just leave a mark on our hearts because of her incredible talent, but she is also the inspiration behind some of our favorite artists. Whitney broke down barriers for black women in music in the '80s just like Michael Jackson did for men, paving the way for many other successful careers. Among countless performers, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion have both cited Houston as a huge inspiration for their music. And shortly after Whitney passed, Beyonce posted about how all performers wanted to be like Whitney: "She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us."
She's greatly missed, but her music lives on! Click through the gallery above to see Whitney's style transformation through the years. Hint: like any true performer, she loved a little sparkle.